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of common ground there. republicans do not want to raise any taxes. democrats say we're not going to do what you want if you're not going to do what we want. where do you find common ground in the circumstance? there's not a lot. a lot of people are predicting they'll make very small changes around the margins, that's what i suspect will happen. >> when you say the narrative that way, it does tilt it a little bit. proposed social security cuts in his own budget, something that tour'e's point, elizabeth warren is actively campaigning against. i wouldn't say they were on the 50 yard line. they were looking at social safety net requirements and that's wasn't enough for republicans to go anywhere in revenue. >> that's entirely fair. when you look at the republicans you're looking at the political party that is now -- its base is elderly people more than anything else. on the one hand ideologually want to curtail social security and medicare and political base that says don't take our social security and medicare away. they are in the position of saying, democrats you propose the social security
the earned income tax credit. one way they are doing that is through obama care which provides a new health benefit to low wage workers who don't get insurance through work. part is what is politically attractive, it doesn't have an explicit cost to taxpayers, it pushes the cost on to employers. the problem with any program with a hidden economic cost, it does flow through somewhere. for example, from retailers that have a lot of minimum wage employees and to some extent in the form of lower employment for people with low wages. it would be nice to talk about a broader sweep of policies aimed at increasing a lot of people with low incomes. nobody is willing to talk about things that cost money to the taxpayer. >> i don't want to get in a big debate about the minimum wage today, maybe another time but the research seems to show that there is little to no impact in terms of increasing unemployment. we have natural experiments all across the country with states and localities that have varied levels of the minimum wage. i did want to listen to what the president had to say, bigger picture abou
this administration than any in the last 30 years, largely because of the stimulus and payroll tax credits. i think it depends on what part of the budgets you're looking at. >> you've written about that before. i want to turn a little bit to another economic policy imperative for the president, immigration reform. i've been wondering, are we going to be able to get immigration reform through the next term? actually, our loan luke russert asked john boehner just that. let's take a look. >> i've been committed to it. i'm stil committed to it. >> are you confident it will be done in 2014? >> i've learned not to make a lot of predictions. >> luke russert on the case. one of the things that gives me some hope is john boehner's hired a new policy adviser. normally you'd say, oh, he hired a new adviser, who cares? this person seems to matter in this conversation. rebecca talent comes from the bipartisan policy center's immigration task force. she was john mccain's chief of staff. she's worked on the hill in terms of immigration reform for a long time. she knows d.c.. she's a smart and sober voice, which s
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